Hello! My name is Carol Bennetto, creator of OtterEd.
Otters have been my passion for as long as I can remember: when I was about 8 years old, my father and I watched the otters on a river in Wiltshire (UK). One day, the Otter Hunt (which was legal at that time) came through the area, and that was the last time my father and I saw “our” otters. I remember that day vividly, and it was on that day that I decided to do all I could to protect otters.
I am now retired, but I spent many years working in education and retail management at a wildlife park, which included creating otter awareness material and designing otter related merchandise for the shop.
I have been volunteering as Education Outreach Coordinator for the IUCN/SSC Otter Specialist Group since 2011. I also assist other otter and wildlife conservation organizations, managing and developing educational outreach campaigns. These include the African Otter Network, the UK Wild Otter Trust and the Green Mountain Initiative (in Uganda).
Over the years I have created a wide variety of educational material for each of the world’s 13 species of otter. This website aims to make these resources available to a wider audience, and my hope is that you will download and make use of anything on here that is of interest to you. I also opened an Etsy shop, “ottershopper” – it would be great if you could swing by and visit it, since all profits from sales will be used to support global otter conservation projects.
The world’s otters need all the help that they get. Please join me in working to ensure their continued survival.